Monthly Archives: September 2013

Marty Friedman and J-pop


It is rare for a professional athlete or an entertainer to retire when they are on the top. Too often, the best retire when they are forced to, when they can no longer perform before sold out crowds or hit a fastball. It is even rarer for someone to switch professions or change direction when they have reached the pinnacle in their field. Neither of these apply for American guitarist Marty Friedman. During the 90’s Friedman was the lead guitarist for the socially conscious Heavy Metal band Megadeth, but he left at their peak to pursue his love of J-pop. J-pop is the international term for Japanese pop music which shares traits of traditional Japanese music and modern international pop music. According to Friedman, the appeal of J-pop is that “in Japan you can have sickeningly sweet pop music chock full of very cool guitar. I love that. In America, if there’s ever guitar in pop music it’s usually [a] throwaway…” Essentially, Friedman is expressing that in Japan, there can be pop songs with great musicianship, something that is increasingly rare within the US. For people who are not familiar with J-pop, Friedman recommends groups such as Perfume, AKB48, or Momoiro Clover Z, for whom he played guitar on their single Mōretsu Uchū Kōkyōkyoku Nana Gakushō. However, even though Friedman now performs J-pop, he has not lost the social consciousness that allowed him to help create anti-cage hunt and antiwar songs while a part of Megadeth. After the tsunami hit Japan in 2011, Friedman auctioned all of his musical gear from his Megadeth days for the relief effort. Friedman also does numerous Japanese television shows. Attached is a link to a youtube clip of Friedman performing “Fantastic Love” with the Fanta Band which was formed from one of his television appearances.

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Preface article on Costa Rica

Another nice Preface article, this time on the IU South Bend trip to Costa Rica!

¡Pura vida!

On Wednesday, September 19, 2013, the Spanish club and the International Programs co-hosted an event promoting overseas studies featuring the “Costa Rica in the Spring” program as the directors of our partner school, Gary and Alberto of the Academia de Español Nicoya visiting the U.S. to promote their school in different universities throughout the country. The event began by presenting two student speakers sharing their study abroad experience: Sarah Smeltzer, from the London/Edinburgh program offered by IU South Bend and Brian Miller, from the Nanzan University in Nagoya program offered by IU Bloomington.

Sarah’s informative presentation with pictures from her journey and her priceless memories of winning the “Amazing Race”, as coordinated by the London/Edinburgh program trip leader, initiated the amusing evening. Followed by a captivating presentation from Brian Miller, revealing how he “overcome” the cultural differences while studying abroad in Japan. Alberto and Gary’s presentation highlighted the event with two presentations: an intricate outline from the “Costa Rica in the Spring” program and fascinating summary of the national parks in Costa Rica presenting its fauna and flora life in their eco-system. See the attached picture for the slithery snake that Ai Wan Choong spied on her trip last spring!


Forum will present highlights of IU delegation’s trip to Africa

Indiana University Vice President for International Affairs David Zaret will speak on Wednesday, Sept. 25, about an IU delegation’s recent trip to Africa.


A forum and reception will take place from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Grand Foyer of IU Auditorium.

Following Zaret’s talk, there will be opportunities for questions and informal conversation with members of the IU delegation, who are especially eager to welcome those who have a continuing interest in Africa and its cultures and societies.

From Aug. 24 to Sept. 6, IU President Michael A. McRobbie, accompanied by IU’s first lady, Laurie Burns McRobbie, and Zaret, visited Ghana, Kenya and South Africa to strengthen IU’s connections with leading universities, meet with political leaders and renew ties with IU alumni.

Objectives for the trip included furthering IU’s educational reach internationally; increased academic and research opportunities for the university’s students and faculty; and strengthening one of its most effective global partnerships.

It was the first trip to Africa by a sitting IU president in more than two decades.

While in South Africa, McRobbie and Zaret met with educational and governmental leaders about collaboration in such areas as language studies and the health sciences and the possibility of IU hosting master’s and doctoral students from South Africa. IU has a long tradition of scholarship and service in Africa. At the forum, Zaret will reflect on the most promising future directions for IU’s involvement in countries that are experiencing rapid social and economic change

McRobbie also signed an agreement between the IU Kelley School of Business and the Gordon Institute of Business Science, South Africa’s premier business school.

Central to the trip was a series of meetings at the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare program in Eldoret, Kenya. AMPATH is a historic academic medical partnership between a consortium of North American academic health centers, led by the IU School of Medicine and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.

A blog, “IU Goes to Africa: Presidential Visit 2013” provides a thorough review of the delegation’s activities.

The public event, organized by the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs and the African Studies Program, will also be streamed live and archived for later viewing at At IUPUI, people are invited to view program at the Office of International Affairs, Global Crossroads in room 2132 of the Education/Social Work Building.

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Photo: IU President Michael A. McRobbie shakes hands with Moi University Vice Chancellor Richard Kiprono Mibey after signing a new partnership agreement between their respective universities.

Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon Festival)

Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon Festival)

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festivals are dedicated to celebrating a good harvest by the exchange of “mooncakes” on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar based on the Gregorian calendar. “Mooncakes” are round pastries usually eaten in a family gathering during the festival. Continuing the traditional fundamentals of the festival, the IUSB Chinese Student Association and Taiwanese Students Association invite you to celebrate their heritage by attending the Mid-Autumn Festival this Saturday (Sept 21, 2013) at the Potawatomi Park from 3:00-6:00pm.


To find out more about this festival, please join the two IUSB organizations to welcome newly arrived Chinese international students on campus and try a piece of mooncake! This event is open to all students and professors. Refreshments will be provided with the cost of $15/person. A reservation is required by emailing to one of the contacts below.

Yujiao Qiu (Joy) qiuyujiao [at]

Yuan Ting Chung (Ethan) ethan.chung2009 [at]

Image: Mid-Autumn festival in Beijing.

Ach, wie schade, you missed it!

Berlin Music Week 2013

Music Week in Berlin, Germany happened September 3-7 this year.

If you can imagine a week-long celebration of music with a dozen or more festivals all happening simultaneously in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, you can appreciate the grand vision of the organizers of this year’s Berlin Music Week. This year’s event was the 4th annual Music Week, and it appears to grow larger every year.  This year there were country, hip-hop, folk, rock, and electronic musicians performing virtually side by side.  One music-industry executive even praised a young singer by saying his style was “unquantifiable,” defying categorization. Pop quiz: what iconic songwriter (and which of his songs) are the organizers referencing by naming the segment devoted to discovering new independent talent “First We Take Berlin?” after all

            This festival is only one example of Berlin’s citywide devotion to building a culture of authentic creativity.  There are also Art Week, two light festivals, and too many “film weeks” to count.  You can’t get to Music Fest 2013 (because it’s over), but you can get to Berlin this summer with an International Programs group.  Once you see the city firsthand, you might find yourself booking a trip back here for Music Fest 2014.  It already has its own app.

There were 20,000 people in one venue alone, plus 400 international delegates to the industry “Word on Sound” conference in the Postbahnhof, a former postal train station which now serves as a club and concert venue.